Lips began as a solo project in 2010 while Steph Brown was living in New York, recording demos in the bedroom of her Brooklyn apartment. She went on to win the APRA Silver Scroll in 2012 for her song ‘Everything To Me’, a soulful slow burner that played on student radio and introduced a new voice to the airwaves. Lips’ sound grew over the years as the project went from solo to duo to a four-piece band.

Brown had been part of the music scene for some time, playing with Opensouls and Anika Moa, collaborating with Anna Coddington, and playing in Fredericks Brown with Deva Mahal in New York. Lips went on to release three EPs and one LP, I Don’t Know Why I Do Anything (2021) though the project went through many changes, gradually changing from a solo project to an established band. 

Lips - Shadows (2012)
Steph Brown, Lips, 2018
Drummer Fen Ikner, Lips.
Lips' Fen Ikner and Steph Brown.
Lips publicity photo.
Lips - Nightcall (2013)
Lips - Traces of Teddy (2015)
Opensouls, 2004.
Lips - I Don't Know Why I Do Anything (2021)
Fen Ikner, Lips, 2018.
Lips in a publicity photo.
Lips - Guilty Talk (2019)
Lips photographed performing at a CD release.
Lips publicity photo
Lips New Zealand tour poster, 2021
Lips' Steph Brown playing a live to air set on 95bFM, Auckland, 2012.
Lips - Look, Listen album cover (self-released, 2012)
Lips - One Not Two (2010)
Lips US solo tour, 2011.
Lips - Empty Hours (2021)
Lips - The Reason
Lips' Fen Ikner and Steph Brown, 2018.
Daffodils trailer (2019) NZ On Screen
Steph Brown.
Lips - We Don't Have Much Time (2013)
Steph Brown, 2018
Lips publicity photo
Lips - Everything To Me (2012)
Nightcall video shoot for George FM, with Nick Dwyer, Jeremy Toy, Johnny Paker. 
Lips performing at Bowery Ballroom, NYC, 2014.
Steph Brown, Lips.
A still from the video for Lips' Traces of Teddy, Tuscon Arizona, 2015
Lips' Steph Brown rehearsing with Anna Coddington, 2015.
Lips - What the Hell (2021)
Anna Coddington (centre) with Steph Brown and Fen Ikner from Lips.
Lips - Your Deodorant Doesn't Work (2021)
Lips - Freddy Bardot (2014)
Lips - Heave Ho (2021)
Lips, left to right: Fen Ikner, Ruby Walsh, Maude Morris, Steph Brown.
Photo credit: Lula Cucchiara
Lips' Fen Ikner and Steph Brown performing at Glasslands, Brooklyn, NYC, 2014.
Lips promotional image
Stephanie Brown, Lips
Lips: Maude Morris, Fen Ikner, Steph Brown, Ruby Walsh.
Lips - Not Today (2022)

Steph Brown - vocals, synth, keyboards

Fen Ikner - drums, vocals

Ruby Walsh - bass, vocals

Maude Morris - guitar, synth, vocals


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